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Takoma/Langley Crossroads

May 6 09

Montgomery Planners Drafting Takoma/Langley Crossroads Community Vision Invite Residents to May 13 Confab

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING, MD – Residents, property owners and business owners in the Takoma-Langley Crossroads area can learn about the planning department’s recommendations for the future of the community at a meeting scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13 at Takoma Academy.

The Takoma/Langley Crossroads sector plan looks ahead 20 years and envisions ways to improve quality of life in the community, which sits on the border with Prince George’s County. Among the planners’ main recommendations are strategies to broaden housing opportunities, preserve affordable housing and strengthen economic opportunities for small businesses. The plan also considers ways to  better connect people to jobs, community services and public transit – especially with the proposed Purple Line light rail or rapid bus system planned for the area.

A draft of staff’s preliminary recommendations will be considered by the Montgomery County Planning Board later this month. The board will schedule a public hearing on the plan for this summer, then hold work sessions. At the end of that process, the Planning Board will finalize its version of the plan and send it to the County Council for review and eventual approval.

Located in the southeast corner of Montgomery County, Takoma/Langley Crossroads is among the most culturally diverse communities in the region. Partly as a result of a 2007 pedestrian access and mobility study, which identified strategies for pedestrian safety, planners are working to incorporate better, safer access to bus stops and proposed Purple Line stations.

Every area of the county has a master or sector plan. Each plan is intended to look ahead 15 to 20 years. Master and sector plans establish zoning and are used as guides for funding public improvements and for planners reviewing development applications. 

WHO:
Montgomery County Planning Department staff

WHAT:
Community meeting on the Takoma/Langley Crossroads Sector Plan

WHEN: 
Wednesday, May 13 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Takoma Academy
8120 Carroll Ave.
Takoma, Park, 20912

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Jan 4 08

Montgomery, Prince George’s Planning Boards to Kick off Joint Plan to Shape Future of Takoma/Langley Crossroads

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING, MD – On Wednesday, January 16 at
approximately 7 p.m., the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning
Commission will launch a process that will culminate with a plan that
strengthens the Takoma/Langley Crossroads community as public transit projects
transform how people get to and through the area.

The Crossroads, extending in a roughly half-mile radius
around University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue in Montgomery and Prince
George’s counties, comes under the jurisdiction of both county Planning Boards.
Meeting together as the full commission, the boards will evaluate staff’s recommended
goals for a sector plan, a 15-year vision that will prescribe the land uses and
enhance the character of the community. The commission also will discuss staff’s
recommended strategies for encouraging broad community participation.

 
The commission decided to hold the January 16
meeting at the Langley Park Community Center to involve the community as much
as possible. Interested residents and those working in the community are encouraged
to attend and comment on the staff’s draft Goals and Outreach Strategy report.
(Spanish interpreters will be provided.)

 
The City of Takoma Park, which is collaborating with
county planners on the Crossroads project, will preview the recommendations in
the draft report at a City Council meeting on Monday, January 7 at Takoma Park
City Hall.

 
The Takoma/Langley Sector Plan comes at an opportune
time, as the community is poised for major public projects that will change how
people travel in the Crossroads. The Purple Line, a transit route slated to run
from New Carrollton to Bethesda through Takoma/Langley, and the planned
construction of a bus transit center by the Maryland Transit Administration
will become major assets for a community where about half of the employed
residents take public transportation.

 
The planned transit improvements provide a great
opportunity for planners to shape development that emphasizes walking,
bicycling and public transit use at the Crossroads. In the sector plan, staff
will develop plans for outdoor gathering places, recreational opportunities,
mixed residential and retail, and new jobs for the community’s multi-cultural
population, which numbers about 29,000, many immigrating from Central America,
South America, the Far East and West Africa.

 
WHO
:
The
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (Montgomery and Prince
George’s  Planning Boards)

 
WHAT
:
Takoma/Langley
Crossroads Sector Plan kick-off

 
WHEN
:
Wednesday,
January 16 – approximately 7 p.m.  

 
WHERE
:
Langley
Park Community Center
1500
Merrimac Drive
Langley
Park, Md.